Every summer, visitors flock to Sunriver for the chance to experience all of the outdoor recreational wonders the area has to offer. Guided white water rafting tours near Sunriver are a blast and a great way to beat the heat in the summertime. Sunset Lodging has referred our guests to Sun Country Tours for as long as we can remember. We’ve both been taking care of Sunriver guests for more than 30 years, creating memorable experiences for countless groups. Sun Country Tours is part of our Sunset Perks program, which treats our guests to discounts with local businesses.
Guided Whitewater Rafting Tours
Sun Country Tours has operated on the beautiful rivers of Oregon since 1978 and is widely recognized as one of the finest whitewater rafting outfitters in the west. Sun Country offers guests a variety of options for enjoying the whitewater found throughout Central Oregon.
Big Eddy Thriller — The Big Eddy Thriller is one of Sun Country’s most popular whitewater rafting trips, as it’s great for beginners and close to Bend and Sunriver. This section of the Deschutes River offers excitement for all ages (starting at age 6), from thrilling class 3 rapids to mellow currents and a calm swimming hole. The company offers departures from both their Bend and Sunriver offices for this 3-mile river tour. Bend departures run May 15 – September 26, 2021 and Sunriver departures run June 12 – September 6, 2021.
Raft N’ Brew — Love the idea of whitewater rafting and also imbibing delicious locally brewed craft beer? Raft N’ Brew takes place on Wednesday afternoons from July 7 – August 25, 2021. You’ll enjoy the excitement of the Big Eddy Thriller and then follow it up with a complimentary beer tasting on the Sun Country Tours patio. Sun Country partners with different local, craft breweries each week and donates 50% of the proceeds from booked Raft N’ Brew trips to the Mt. Bachelor Pay It Forward Fund.
Lower Deschutes — This full-day tour takes participants to Maupin, Oregon, to put in and covers 13-miles of river in 4.5 hours. Sun Country recommends this tour for families and first-timers, starting at age 6. The trip includes class 3 rapids, native wildlife, swimming, big sky views, riverside lunch and stunning scenery of basalt rock cliffs. Enjoy a full-day of rafting through western canyons for an unforgettable experience. This tour runs on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays from June 7 – September 26, 2021.
McKenzie Magic — Set on the western side of the Cascade Mountains, the McKenzie River features sparkling, continuously active waters. This full-day tour picks up in either Bend or Sisters and takes participants on a 2.5-3 hour journey through 13 miles of the McKenzie River. Sun Country recommends this trip for ages 6+, ranking it as a beginner to intermediate whitewater rafting tour. You’ll paddle through class 2 and 3 rapids, enjoy a riverside lunch and interpretive guiding. This tour runs June 12 – September 26, 2021.
Group Whitewater Rafting Trips — In addition to individual and family tours, Sun Country offers guided whitewater rafting trips for groups of 14 or more. Sun Country can help you plan an unforgettable excursion in Central Oregon for your wedding party, social group, school group or corporate retreat.
Plan Your Whitewater Rafting Trip in Sunriver
As you’re planning your Sunriver vacation, we know outdoor activities are top of mind, especially during the summer months. This summer, Sun Country Tours has elevated their already rigorous sanitation and safety protocols to balance the demands of operating during COVID-19 with their mission to provide guided whitewater rafting trips to the community. Visit the Sun Country Tours website for more information and to book your guided whitewater rafting trip in Sunriver today!
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